March 7, 2009 |
Financial woes have derailed the development of Chinatown Blossom Plaza, a long-awaited $162-million apartment and retail complex set to rise on the former site of one of Los Angeles' most beloved downtown eateries. The developer of the project, which was to replace the shuttered Little Joe's restaurant in Chinatown, on Thursday filed for protection under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code to prevent its lender from foreclosing on the property at Broadway and College Street.
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February 3, 2008 |
There were too many cooks in the narrow kitchen aisle in Chinatown's Grand Star Jazz Club on Saturday, but they cheerily squeezed past one another to peer into the braising pot where chunks of pork shoulder simmered in a piquant sauce of red wine, rice wine, garlic, scallions and ginger. In front of an industrial-size wok, Jet Tila, a restaurant consultant and radio and television chef, demonstrated how to steam whole striped bass.
November 11, 2007 |
It is a classic art-world story: A small band of young, hip, energetic dealers descends upon a forgotten corner of the city in search of reasonable real estate. They slip in between Chinese restaurants with pictures of lobsters propped up in the windows and dusty souvenir shops 10 years past their prime, refitting crumbling interiors with gleaming white walls and making uneasy peace with wary shopkeepers.
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October 8, 2007 |
To step into the Gin Herb store -- or Wing On Tong, as it is known to its Cantonese-speaking patrons -- is to enter both another country and another century. Behind a long counter fronting a wall of wooden drawers, fourth-generation herbalists in the family-owned store measure and mix leaves and roots, mushrooms and minerals, perfuming the air with the aroma of musty ginseng and sweet licorice.
May 20, 2007 |
THEY were an underground hit almost from the start. The cut-rate transportation services called "Chinatown buses" originated about a decade ago in the Northeast. At first, they were an inexpensive way for Chinese restaurant workers to commute to jobs in nearby cities. Fares as low as $10 between New York and Boston were common. Soon Chinese students began to hop aboard, and other students followed suit. Then savvy budget travelers noticed, and suddenly Greyhound was facing a new form of competition: low-overhead bus companies that thrived on a no-frills, shoestring approach to service.
February 25, 2007 |
In 1870, Chinatown was a block-long portion of a raucous part of downtown L.A. known as Calle de Los Negros. Many inhabitants were laundrymen, gardeners, road builders and ranch hands. On Oct. 24, 1871, a Caucasian mob shocked the nation when it massacred nearly two dozen Chinese. But Chinatown survived, and thrived. By 1910, the population exceeded 3,000; the neighborhood had an opera house, three temples and a newspaper.